January 16, 2021

Scott Sterling- Clippers’ Owner Donald Sterling’s Son

L A sad day for the Sterling family, Los Angeles Clippers and the Malibu community as news reported that tragic story of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s 32-year-old son, Scott Sterling, was found dead after a drug overdose. Scott had a history of drug addiction and was trying to get over his addiction.

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Los Angeles County reported this is what happened after seeing the corpse of Donald Sterling’s beloved son Scott Sterling


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Some detectives came on Tuesday to a house owned by Scott’s father at the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu late in the night. The reports state it was at 11:29 p.m. They received a call regarding circumstances surrounding the death of a male adult which later was confirmed as being Scott, who had not been seen for two days.

The final examination of Scott’s body needs to be done to confirm if there was drug abuse involved.

He was trouble since he was a teen.

In 1999 at the age of 19 Scott Sterling was involved and arrested but not charged for the shooting of a childhood friend, his best friend, Philip Scheid, buddy since kindergarten, apparently Scott was dating Saved By The Bell’s actress Lindsey McKeon then 17, Scheid said his friend became kind of crazy when it came to Lindsey.

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On the night of the shooting she dropped by Sterling’s mansion to give him a dumping letter, out of the blue Phillip showed up, both began to argued, Scott said Phillip threatened him with a knife, so he shot him in the legs..

The shotgun was held by Sterling’s son, Scott. Beverly Hills police investigated the shooting quickly. They asked for charges against Scott Sterling within two weeks.

The conclusion of this crime frustrated the police. Scott Sterling claimed self-defense. The friends started to fight and Scott said that the victim took out a knife. After they stopped fighting, Sterling took a gun and ejected some shells.

Some people think the influences of his father helped him get through this without being committed or going to prison. Nobody is sure when he started taking drugs, but it is very probable the reaction he had when the shooting occurred was a consequence of his addiction. It might have gone worse when he came back to reality and saw the truth. His friend was dead and nobody was found guilty.

Read this Times Magazine article from 2000..

“McKeon had driven unannounced to the Sterlings’ walled mansion. She wanted to hand-deliver a letter to Sterling, with whom she had broken off relations. She parked behind the back entrance, on Crescent Drive. Sterling walked out of the house and joined her, she told investigators later. The two hugged and began to talk.

Then Scheid walked around the corner from Beverly onto Crescent and up to them. Scheid claims he’d just come to make peace. But Sterling apparently thought Scheid’s arrival was prearranged to embarrass him. Scheid would later tell police the two immediately went face to face in anger, and Sterling then asked Scheid to come onto his property. McKeon stayed by her car.

Once on the property, the two men argued and started to fight. Each man later accused the other of brandishing a knife, but neither was cut. In Scheid’s pocket was a non-firable starter’s pistol that belonged to Sterling. McKeon heard the arguing, though she couldn’t see them.

After they stopped fighting, Sterling grabbed a Mossberg Model 500C 20-gauge shotgun that Scheid later told police had been leaning against a wall outside the mansion. He ejected some shells, apparently in a show of bravado. Out on the street, McKeon heard the shells being ejected.

Then a car containing three teenage acquaintances pulled up and slowed to a crawl. Rebecca Duffy, 18, of Los Angeles, was the driver. They began to exchange greetings with McKeon. Inside the property, Scheid says, he noticed the starter’s pistol had fallen out of his pocket during the fight. He picked it up, along with a knife he said Sterling dropped during their struggle.

Sterling then pointed the shotgun at him. Scheid claims he turned and began to walk away. Sterling fired a shot. Scheid says he then started to run. A second shot hit him in the lower legs as he was about to exit the property the same way he had entered — through an open electronic gate to the driveway.

On the street, the four teenagers heard two loud bangs, two to three seconds apart. Stunned, they thought the first shot was a firecracker. But an instant after the second shot, they saw a figure stumble through the gate, away from the Sterling property, and fall down. It was Scheid, bleeding from both legs. Eighteen holes were in the back of his Big Star vintage blue jeans.”

Scott Sterling`s Bio

32-year-old Scott Ashley Sterling was born on June, 1980 to 78-year-old Donald Tokowitz Sterling and 78-year-old Rochelle “Shelly” Stein. He had two siblings, 44 year old brother Chris and 42-year-old sister Johanna. Scott was not married and he didn’t have any children. according to sources close to him he had been in and out of rehab months prior to his death, he didn’t have a steady girlfriend.

Scott Sterling lived in the 3,284 sq ft Malibu Beach Villa apartment complex located in the 22600 block of Pacific Coast Highway, owned by his father. Scott Sterling was described as a kind, smart and humble young man.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his beloved family and friends during this difficult time.

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